Hornet directing team, Moth, created this powerful film as part of the New York Times’ Conception series, a six-part animated series showcasing different real life stories about becoming a Mother. In this episode, we follow Jen and Catie, two sisters who struggle with very different, but incredibly intertwined, life situations related to pregnancy and infertility. In this powerful story, sisterhood and motherhood meet in a beautifully animated display of love, fear, and trust.
Series Producer Margaret Cheatham Williams
Senior Producer Liz O. Baylen
Coordinating Producer Gayatri Kaul
Executive Producers Liz O. Baylen, Kaylee King-Balentine, Alexandra Eaton
Animated by Moth Studio, Joe Bichard, Russ Etheridge, Yu Knifeson, Pablo Lozano, Ross Plaskow, Max Taylor, Claudio Salas
Music Pierre O'Reilly
Sound Design Ally Mobbs
Vocalist Triona O'Neill
Audio Mix Eli Epstein
Graphics Aaron Byrd, Joanna Neborsky
Client The New York Times
Production Year 2018
Involvement in the project was an opportunity to speak up about a sensitive subject that is not widely talked about and that affects millions of women around the world. Both alternate motherhood and PCOS, the condition that Jen suffers from, are issues that need to be brought to light and that people should be made aware of. In a period where women’s voices are becoming stronger and more respected, we are proud Moth made a film that represents two strong women finding their voices through the beauty of motherhood.
Moth is a multi-award-winning animation studio formed by Daniel Chester, Dave Prosser, and Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits.
Since collectively graduating from the Royal College of Art, they have quickly become renowned for their perceptive, emotive storytelling. Whether it’s examining the looming threat of artificial intelligence, the effects of rainforest deforestation, or the plight of refugees, their colorful, hand-drawn animation style and narrative cadence possess a maturity and profundity.
Their projects have been screened and awarded in festivals worldwide, including a BAFTA nomination for Matter Fisher in 2011, a British Animation award for HIAS: For the Refugee in 2016, a D&AD Graphite pencil and Annecy Crystal Award for their New York Times piece Modern Love: A Kiss, Deferred in 2016, as well as an ADC Young Gun Award and a YCN Professional Award for their greater portfolio of work.